The Season So Far

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Notre Dame hit the road for Denver yesterday afternoon, in preparation for its Sunday evening Final Four matchup against Connecticut. After four rounds, eight days of competition and 60 games, only the four #1 seeds remaining standing in this year's tournament.

Before focusing on the game between the Fighting Irish and the Huskies, here's a look at some incredible statistics from the season so far, pulled from the game notes compiled by women's basketball sports information director Chris Masters.

  • - Notre Dame has reached the Final Four for the second consecutive season and fourth time overall. The other two appearances were 1997 and 2001.
  • - Posting a 15-1 conference record, Notre Dame earned its first outright BIG EAST regular season title and second overall.
  • - The Irish rank second in the nation in scoring offense (79.2 ppg) and scoring margin (+27.7 ppg).
  • - In 16 games against Top 25 opponents, Notre Dame has posted a 14-2 record, including a 10-2 mark away from home.
  • - Eleven of the 14 victories against Top 25 opponents have been by double digits. Six of those have been by at least 25 points.
  • - Notre Dame's 34 victories ties a school record (posted a 34-2 record in 2000-01 national championship season).
  • - Of those 34 wins, 23 have come by 20+ points and 14 have been by at least 30 points.
  • - The Irish have scored at least 100 points twice and have topped the 90-point mark nine times.
  • - Notre Dame has appeared in the media rankings for 96 straight weeks and is currently ranked fourth in the latest polls.
  • - Over the past 16 seasons (dating back to 1996-97), Notre Dame ranks fourth in the nation in victories, with 408.

And here's a quick look at a few of those standout victories against ranked opponents:
  • - Jan. 23: Defeated No. 7/9 Tennessee, 72-44 - fewest points allowed against a top-10 opponent and the Lady Vols' fewest points scored in the Pat Summitt era
  • - Jan. 31: Defeated No. 13/14 Rutgers, 71-41 - largest margin of victory ever on the road against a ranked opponent
  • - Mar. 25: Defeated No. 21/25 St. Bonaventure, 79-35 - largest margin of victory against a ranked opponent
  • - Mar. 27: Defeated No. 5 Maryland, 80-49 - largest margin of victory over a top-10 team

Stay tuned to UND.com for coverage of the Fighting Irish in Denver and more on Irish UNDerground regarding Notre Dame's upcoming Final Four game against UConn.

- Josh Flynt ('11)

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